Fi­nally, a Foggy day ın Sus­sex

EX-WSB Foggy Petronas runs at Good­wood Fes­ti­val of Speed, get­ting it here was a labour of love…

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LIKE A CHAL­LENGE’ quips race bike col­lec­tor Chris Wil­son. Just as well, it’s taken him eight years to get this Foggy Petronas FP1 run­ning. The Good­wood Fes­ti­val of Speed was the first time it’s been in ac­tion since it last raced in 2006. ‘It’d been in Carl’s house on dis­play,’ says Chris. ‘When I bought it he told me that I’d never get it run­ning, it had no en­gine in­ter­nals.’ Fri­day’s ride up the Good­wood Hill was Chris’ first proper ride on the bike af­ter get­ting it back from the re­stor­ers two days be­fore the event. ‘It sounds fan­tas­tic when you’re on it, we’ve got the rev lim­iter set to 11,000rpm, they took them to 13,000

Iback in the day, so it’s only making around 140bhp, but it was a beau­ti­ful ex­pe­ri­ence.’ The orig­i­nal plan to get it run­ning by sac­ri­fic­ing an FP1 road bike (there are only 150 of them) seemed waste­ful (though he did ac­tu­ally buy one) so Chris spent five years ac­cu­mu­lat­ing gen­uine parts be­fore the re­build could start. ‘It’s amaz­ing what comes out of the wood­work when you start look­ing, we found the gear clus­ter on ebay.’ The build was en­trusted to a Swiss re­storer. ‘He’d got ac­cess to a lot of spares and was close to Suter who built the orig­i­nal en­gine.’ Next out­ing will prob­a­bly be for pa­rade laps at the Brands Hatch CRMC meet­ing on 7-8 Oc­to­ber.

John­so­nan Na­tional Mu­seum’sTT outin­gace Mo­tor­cy­cleen­joyedGaryon 500cc­the Tri­umphTom Simis­teron which ‘nished third in the 1927 Se­nior TT. ‘It makes about 180bhp less than my GSX–R1000, but it’ll be just as hard to ride. I’ve never used a hand shi—. I’ll have to be at my most me­chan­i­cally sym­pa­thetic,’ quipped Gary.

Stream­lined 125cc Lam­bretta achieved 124mph with su­per­charger in 1951. Orig­i­nal pi­lot Ro­mulo Ferri was small enough to fold him­self into the fair­ing. Sprung Šaps let the rider put his feet down.

Nor­ton tuner Fred Walm­s­ley with his ‘Fred­der’ at Good­wood. ‘ I wanted a Fred­der, not a Bob­ber.’ says the Lan­cas­trian. Road reg­is­tered it has a dohc 500cc Manx en­gine and light­weight frame.

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